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1. Posted by joshy112 (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

hi im working in dorset uk from march 14th till nov 30th then myself and friend want to get away for a while.
how long theoretically will 3,000 GBP each last us... just generally want to chill out traavell a bit before the hotel re opens again in the following march :D
any post no matter how little will be appreciated.. thanks josh

2. Posted by DoA (Budding Member 84 posts) 8y

Hi Josh,

A mate & me are planning the same route. We are reckoning on about 1000 lasting 3 months.

We will be travelling alot and seeing the sites / attractions so if you're just lazying about your money will go much further.

As I say though, we're still planning & haven't done anything like this before so don't take this as gospel.

Adam

3. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 8y

I tend to spend about 400 pounds per month when I go to Thailand but everyone I meet is different. I stay in really basic hotels, so if you want a bit more luxury then reckon on spending a bit more. But I like to eat in decent restaurants, whereas some people will eat regularly at street stalls which saves a bit of cash.

I'm now in Vietnam and I'm doing a lot more trips than I usually do and I'll traveling a lot more as well (maybe getting a few flights), so I might end up spending a bit more here.

Whatever you reckon you'll spend I would always suggest having an extra cushion of money in your bank account for peace of mind.

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Josh,
There are rooms in all 3 countries for under $10/nite. I spend $5/day for food, so your fixed expenses are at least $450/month. With transport, tours and some extras you will be spending another $200/month. I get by on $700/month and you guys can as well. Eat where the locals do, fan rooms, pass on the alcohol and your 3,000GBP should last at least 6 months. Have a great time.

5. Posted by rover9495 (Budding Member 35 posts) 8y

i managed to easily live off around £12 a day in cambodia, vietnam and laos, and that was with alcohol included. if you want to save money just eat what the locals eat, drink in moderation (yeah right!), if you are travelling with a mate then just get a room with a double bed and rough it with them. never fork out for air con either, you get used to a fan so quickly. and dont be afraid to barter for nearly everything!
drink beer lao dark too! its far superior to beer lao. best beer in Asia.

6. Posted by joshy112 (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Thanks guys this is is all really helpful stuff.
what are visas like to get ?
on entry ? or get them before we go ?

7. Posted by Pyjamarama (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

You can get the Cambodian visa online here http://evisa.mfaic.gov.kh/ ($25 US dollars) or at a border crossing (Cambodia seems to be quite bad for trying to scam you out of more money - at the border crossing it is $20 US dollars but they often try to charge you more, stand your ground and refuse point blank and you should be fine though)

Wherever you are flying into you can get the visa in the airport on arrival (cheaper than getting it in the UK) and if you are entering overland you can visas at the border crossing just make sure you have passport photos with you. I would double-check Vietnam as to whether you can get it on entry. I know you can for Laos and Cambodia but not 100% with Vietnam as you have to give specific dates of when you are entering and leaving the country.

8. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Quoting joshy112

Thanks guys this is is all really helpful stuff.
what are visas like to get ?
on entry ? or get them before we go ?

As stated above, Cambodia will issue visa on arrival at the airport and land crossings. It can be a challange to only pay $20 at the Poipet or Hat Lek crossing however. Laos will issue visa on arrival at the airport & most land crossings as well. It is $30 for 15 days 'on arrival', or $30 for 30 days if you obtain your Lao visa before arriving at the border. VN requires you to obtain your visa beforehand if arriving at their land borders. Cheap and easy in Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville. If flying into VN, there is a 'visa on arrival' system set up. Costs $50-55 for this service. One source of good information on these countries is here. Good luck and send me a PM if you have questions.

9. Posted by Salthaug (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

You get 30 days for Laos at all landborders exept coming from Cambodia. This just changed under a month ago. (xing from camb.)

10. Posted by Pyjamarama (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

Quoting Salthaug

You get 30 days for Laos at all landborders exept coming from Cambodia. This just changed under a month ago. (xing from camb.)

Excellent, got a bit worried by the previous post as I thought I had read this recently